Mets Game 109: Loss to Marlins
Marlins 7 Mets 3
For the second consecutive game, the Mets came back in the ninth inning to tie the ballgame, thanks to a homerun off of the opposing team’s closer. And for the second consecutive game, they couldn’t convert that momentum shift into a victory.
Mets Game Notes
I was all ready to write this post tabbing Lucas Duda as the hero. If you’ve been following here for a while you know I keep suggesting that he’ll do something “big”, and in this game he did. Marlins closer Leo Nunez gave Lucas a 96-MPH, waist-high fastball over the middle of the plate (it looked like something Bobby Parnell might serve up) and Duda made him pay for the mistake, sending the pitch into orbit. OK, maybe not orbit, but it did wind up over the centerfield fence — and in a hurry. But then Jason Isringhausen came on in the top of the tenth to give up a grand slam and ruin everything. Oh well.
So, one of the supposed reasons that the Mets didn’t trade Izzy was so he could mentor Parnell and Pedro Beato. I hope they were passing notes in the classroom and daydreaming instead of paying attention to this lesson.
Mike Pelfrey didn’t pitch poorly, but like Jon Niese a day before him, he didn’t pitch all that great, either. You know how some people say “he pitched well enough to lose” ? Well, Pelfrey pitched well enough for a no-decision. He allowed only 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in a 6-inning stint, but he labored and seemed uncomfortable. The Fish had a baserunner in every one of his innings.
Izzy’s bed-crapping also erased the nice relief work of Ryota Igarashi and Manny Acosta, who combined for three innings of scoreless relief and 5 strikeouts. Acosta, sporting a new ‘doo that made me think of Nino Espinosa, was perfect in his two frames.
On the bright side, Jason Bay went yard — and did it in one of the deepest parts of Citi Cavern, right-center field. So he’s still capable of hitting bombs, he just needs to do it a bit more frequently.
The Mets made a few boo-boos during the game, a few of which were difference-makers in regard to winning or losing the game. For instance, there was Jose Reyes being sent home on a shallow base-hit to right field and getting thrown out by Mike Stanton by 20 feet. He made Stanton look like Dave Parker — which isn’t too difficult when you’re standing about 130 feet from home plate and have a running start. And then there was Dan Murphy fouling up a rundown in the tenth inning that led to the bases-loaded situation. Granted, it was a difficult play for someone who doesn’t have much experience at first base. But this is the problem: Murphy doesn’t have much experience anywhere, except in a batter’s box. It’s really not fair to Murphy, and the remarkable thing is he keeps getting caught in these difficult and glaring situations — it’s as if bad luck is following him. Like Murphy’s Law or something.
Angel Pagan got away with a really numnut move in the bottom of the ninth, when he decided to stretch a single into a double and should’ve been thrown out. He made it, thankfully, setting up Duda’s heroics. But when you are two runs down, it doesn’t make sense to be reckless in your effort to get into scoring position — it was a risk not worth taking. This is why the Mets are a .500 team — because they are reckless as opposed to aggressive (there is a fine line between the two) and their fundamentals overall are lacking. If they had five guys in the lineup who hit bombs, they could get away with little things like this. But they are built in such a way that there is little margin for error — be it physical or mental.